The extraordinary story of a Dutchman who was erased
I was locked up in a very primitive prison in the remote highlands of Cambodia because my Vietnamese lover committed a horrible crime. At the same time, I also lost my nationality, my name, and my identity. Those experiences made me realize the deeper values of identity and of a first-world passport. And how free citizens of some countries are, while third-world passport holders are being restricted in their movements, their opportunities, their freedom. Prison time comes with a finish line (in most cases). But a third-world citizen is locked up for life. Is this fair? Is it not about time that we open up the discussion on world citizenship?
On my travels in Asia and Europe I encountered the most amazing but sometimes also strange and frightening people
In the most remote province of the kingdom of Cambodia, I started a cacao farm together with my Khmer business partner; the first Cambodian cacao in history. Now we are guiding 38 farmers, mostly from the tribal Bunong community to earn money with cacao as well. Our province Mondulkiri is known for elephants, and huge waterfalls. We will make it known worldwide as the cacao province of Cambodia.
My Public Events
Back in 2001 I initiated a public event called ‘Kingdom of Elfia’. Throughout the years, it has grown to two large-scale costume events at the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. I added the costume journey ‘Fairy Nights’ which we also title as ‘close encounters of the fairy kind’ in the summer evening. The first Fairy Nights will take place on 18/19 June 2021 at Castle De Haar.
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear”Aung San Suu Kyi
Here you can get the book about my prison time and erased identity for a special price, when it will be released at the end of January 2021.